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Day 14 (Waikiki to Seattle)

Awoke, packed, checked bags, got breakfast on the lanai, picked up a Starbucks, talked with a hotel man about local customs, got a cab to the airport, got checked in and back on our timeline, went to Delta sky lounge … Continue reading

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Day 13 (Fiji, Christmas Islands, Waikiki)

We picked up a day in flight, so we landed on the morning of the 31st. We had one full day left before the flight back to Seattle…..

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Day 12 (Immigration, Dinner and Departure)

Departing at 23:59 from Nadi. Spent several hours working on Visa for Diego and a cruising permit for Fidelis. While still waiting on the bureaucratic fiasco to resolve, Connor and I had an ice cream at a corner milk bar … Continue reading

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Day 11 (Lautoka, Fiji – Pizza and a Movie)

Woke up before dawn and motored to the Fijian port of Lautoka, arrived at about 9am local, after having adjusted our time for the one hour difference between Tonga and Fiji. Vince headed off to the harbor to do the … Continue reading

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Day 10 (Surfing and Snorkeling)

Arrived in the early morning at anchorage off of Malolo reef. Had a bit of trouble when we pulled in, scraping the coral sand bottom and nudging a couple of coral heads. Vince did a nice job of getting it … Continue reading

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Day 7/8/9 (Three Days Underway)

We spent these three full days at sea. Counting two days at anchorage – one on each end of the crossing – without touching land, we lived on Fidelis for 5 days. Underway Diego, Vince and I each stood watch … Continue reading

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Day 6 (Tarzan Swing and Departure)

Although we had already spent our first night “offshore” we were anchored just a couple hundred yards off of the tiny island of Pangaimotu. The crew rigged the whisker pole as a Tarzan swing into the water and we spent … Continue reading

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Day 5 (Dunk, Baseball and New Anchorage)

Directly overhead, through a perfectly clear midnight sky, there’s a full moon. From a beanbag chair secured to the deck of a single-mast sailboat I’m reflecting on the first few days of our South Pacific adventure. Connor is instantly sound … Continue reading

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Day 4 (Groceries)

The mosquitoes were bad again, but we did a better job of covering up and I slept with Vince’s bug zapper wand, which sort of resembled an electrically-stringed miniature tennis racquet. Each time one woke me up I just waved … Continue reading

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Day 3 (Church and a Tour)

The mosquitoes were no fun last night. We awoke on a Sunday in Tonga. This meant that everything was closed except for the bakeries. Tonga is mostly Christian and strictly observes the Sabbath. We had breakfast and made for church. … Continue reading

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Day 2 (Waikiki to Tonga)

Today we crossed the dateline, from 8/20 to 8/21 in the middle of the day. We were up early in Waikiki. Connor got me a Starbucks as I hailed a cab. His hotel selection had been perfect. The restaurant, location, … Continue reading

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Day 1 (Seattle, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki)

The trip began with a drive to the Seattle airport and a quick goodbye hug with Mommy and Sophia. We had packed six one pound barrels of Kraft grated parmesan cheese in our two international-sized roll-ons. Vince had asked for … Continue reading

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